Dipping Oil with toasted garlic, rosemary and balsamic vinegar

I’ve always enjoyed dipping oils in restaurants but had never tried my own version.  This was very good; I gently toasted the garlic to bring out a more flavor and used some fresh rosemary too. We had this with a crusty baguette and some fresh steamed broccoli.  I actually dipped some of the broccoli in too and it was oh so delicious!

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  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs rice vinegar

Heat small skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and 1 Tbs olive oil.  Cook until garlic is very lightly toasted; add rosemary, remove from heat, then stir in remaining oil and the rest of the ingredients.  Serve with bread for dipping.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Chicken and Pasta Salad with balsamic vinegar

Thought I would make a fast and easy lunch today with some leftover chicken and pasta.  The chicken was already seasoned so I didn’t add any additional spice.  Quick to throw together and best of all it made a couple of meals for me today.

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  • 1 cup cooked pasta
  • 1/3 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup diced cooked chicken
  • 1 green onion ~ sliced
  • 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar

Mix together all ingredients and serve!  Doesn’t get much easier than that.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Chunky Tomato Basil Salad Dressing

I wanted to make a nice salad with our lasagna so I decided to go with a vinegar based dressing and fresh tomatoes.  Not exactly a vinaigrette but a nice tangy herb dressing none-the-less.  Traditionally vinaigrettes have about 3 to 1 ratio of oil to vinegar and I just don’t see the need to add that much oil to salad dressing.  My love of cheese takes care of any fat I may be missing out on so I like to get my flavor from the herbs and vinegar!  My sister bought me a tasty apple balsamic vinegar for Christmas;  substitute a favorite vinegar if you have one or I am sure a simple rice or red wine vinegar would be tasty too.

Chunky Tomato Basil Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup diced or wedged tomato
  • 1 tsp fresh basil
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbs apple balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 2 o.z. fresh mozzarella

Cut tomatoes as desired and add basil, sugar, vinegar, and olive oil.  Stir until blended; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Toss with torn lettuce and sprinkle with fresh mozzarella.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly